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Ambassador Paul Russo

Ambassador Paul A. Russo’s public service and private sector experience spans over forty years, having served in numerous senior positions in business, government and national politics.

Mr. Russo is currently the president of Capital Finance, a Washington firm that specializes in the development and financing of projects in the Middle East. Over the past two decades, through Capital Finance and its affiliated companies, Mr. Russo has provided strategic planning and tactical advice to foreign governments and international corporations.

Mr. Russo serves as head of the Global Alliance Institute, a Washington-based non-profit committed to building a better understanding between the United States and the Middle East. He has a strong history of working with bi-partisan organizations comprised of American foreign policy leaders to strengthen U.S./Arab relations.

He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (the island nations of Antigua/Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) from 1986 - 1988.

Since 1990, Mr. Russo has served on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors and has participated in numerous diplomatic study missions. He also serves on the Board of Academic Advisors of the Warrior-Scholar Project and recently became a member of the Board of Directors of Levant Investment Bank (LIBank), a Beirut-based institution that focuses on investment banking and wealth management services in the Levant region.

A native of Ohio, Ambassador Russo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, with additional studies at Case-Western Reserve University and Georgetown University.

S.E. Cupp

S.E. is a CNN host, nationally syndicated columnist, author and commentator. She is author of the book “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal media’s Attack on Christianity” and co-author of the book “Why You’re Wrong About the Right.” S.E. is a columnist at the New York Daily Newsand at Glamour magazine. She was a consultant on the HBO program, “The Newsroom.” S.E. is also a public speaker and an advisory board member of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service. She has a BA from Cornell University and an MA from NYU.

Nora Barré

Nora is a Syrian-American that immigrated to America as a little girl with her family in order to escape the dictatorship in Syria. She gained national attention in 2015 when her tearful questioning of a presidential candidate at a town hall meeting went viral. Ever since, she’s used her platform to promote national debate on the Syrian refugee crisis. 14 of her family members have fled the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Mrs. Barre currently resides with her husband and daughter in Grantham, NH.